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by nwscubamom
Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Diving 1/31
Replies: 6
Views: 773

Re: Diving 1/31

MY BABY! Lebbeus catalepsis, one of the species I discovered and named. First time I've heard of one from the inside waters; normally see them out at Sekiu. Awesome find! Never know where your kids will show up... Considering how LOOONG ago it was that you did your research out there at Sekiu on th...
by nwscubamom
Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:13 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Why are all dive skins one piece?
Replies: 15
Views: 1747

Re: Why are all dive skins one piece?

I used to use a dive skin all the time under my 3/2 mil wetsuit when diving warm waters. The advantages: 1. Helps you to get into your wetsuit really easily. It's one piece, not two, for that reason. It usually has stirrups for the feet and thumb loops for the arms, to aid in squeezing into the wets...
by nwscubamom
Sun Dec 28, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: Dive Site Listings
Topic: Fox Island West Wall
Replies: 12
Views: 6704

Re: Fox Island West Wall

Dove here yesterday. The no parking signs only apply to the turnaround section of the bottom of the hill. Otherwise, you could park on either side of the road. No problem finding the wall really. This was my 2nd time here. First time (over a decade ago) I missed the wall - this time we found it! Ton...
by nwscubamom
Fri Dec 26, 2014 11:32 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3116
Views: 291148

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Whalen Island (Monkeyface Prickleback Colony) near Tillamook Oregon on 12/25: A whopping two feet AT BEST.
Diving by braille.
- Janna
by nwscubamom
Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:20 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Post all Pregnant/YOY Rockfish Photos/videos here!
Replies: 6
Views: 1457

Re: Post all Pregnant/YOY Rockfish Photos/videos here!

Great info and photos, Marek! Thank you for all your help with this.
- Janna
by nwscubamom
Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:12 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Confirmation Please?
Replies: 4
Views: 1060

Re: Confirmation Please?

I agreeeeeeeeeeee!! Yes, juvie Plainfin Midshipman is what I'd say too. Part of the lovely and talented Toadfish family.
- Janna
by nwscubamom
Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:10 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Manacled sculpins on the buoy lines at Cove 2
Replies: 5
Views: 1417

Re: Manacled sculpins on the buoy lines at Cove 2

Oh man, those are some GREAT shots of some very difficult to photograph subjects. Nice going. Long live the manacled sculpin!
- Janna
by nwscubamom
Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Post all Pregnant/YOY Rockfish Photos/videos here!
Replies: 6
Views: 1457

Post all Pregnant/YOY Rockfish Photos/videos here!

I was in a meeting with a bunch of local agencies (NOAA, WDFW, MRCs) today regarding Rockfish monitoring, and one of the questions that arose during the meeting was when are gravid (pregnant) rockfish found in Washington, and finding a relationship between sightings of juvenile Rockfish after that. ...
by nwscubamom
Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:05 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Madrona Point in BC
Replies: 10
Views: 991

Re: Madrona Point in BC

Yeah, and it depends on the tide too. Lower tide can make the Vs more prominent.
Note that I didn't draw that map! The artist's name is on the bottom of it.
Glad it could help someone!
- Janna
by nwscubamom
Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Best B.S. story you've heard
Replies: 16
Views: 2406

Re: Best B.S. story you've heard

Well, MAYBE this one's true, but.... This old guy hobbling with a cane said he and his buddy used to dive the Columbia River up near Beacon Rock, at this big deep hole. They went down, and the bottom looked like there were giant logs moving around, and came FACE TO FACE with a gigantic eyeball - it ...
by nwscubamom
Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:49 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Madrona Point in BC
Replies: 10
Views: 991

Re: Madrona Point in BC

Just dove it a few weeks ago. Sink or Swim is a great shop - Todd or Jill are good ones to talk to. When you walk on the path through the woods, don't go straight ahead at the first opportunity. Instead, take the turn to the right, and keep walking with your gear on until you get to the bench area, ...
by nwscubamom
Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Octopus
Replies: 8
Views: 1538

Re: Octopus

Can't stop smiling when watching this!! And how at the end there's two of them, bickering over squatters rights...
Well done, Laura!
- Janna
by nwscubamom
Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: what kind of crab is this?
Replies: 5
Views: 1481

Re: what kind of crab is this?

Frequently seen hiding in cracks between rocks. Rarely do you see them fully out in the open, at least I haven't.
- Janna
by nwscubamom
Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:12 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Sea star die-off
Replies: 274
Views: 53447

Re: Sea star die-off

Just an FYI - Laura, I cc'd you on our findings of the dives the REEF survey team did on the Olympic Coast at the start of August. (thanks Tom for providing some photos). Here's a few more to give you a glimpse as to what we saw. Mostly affected were Sunflower stars, Stimpson's sunstars, and Dawson'...
by nwscubamom
Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:23 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Now this is a Moa Moa!
Replies: 6
Views: 1329

Re: Now this is a Moa Moa!

It's like it was its own entire ecosystem with all those other critters living on and around it!
by nwscubamom
Thu Sep 04, 2014 3:49 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Tried Kayak diving? Got any tips?
Replies: 14
Views: 2154

Re: Tried Kayak diving? Got any tips?

GREAT info!! This has been a wealth of info for me. When we looked at Sit on Tops, we wound up getting the Ocean Kayak Frenzy model, because it has a much higher weight limit than the other kayaks, plus a molded area that is supposed to fit a tank. Got it at REI. We were about to purchase another on...
by nwscubamom
Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Tried Kayak diving? Got any tips?
Replies: 14
Views: 2154

Re: Tried Kayak diving? Got any tips?

Great information so far!! So if you were to create a list of what you'd need above and beyond your normal dive equipment, like anchors, lines, bungees, stuff to hold your camera, etc...list it for me! How do you stow your gear (mine is a situpon kayak, no compartments, but it does have an indent in...
by nwscubamom
Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Tried Kayak diving? Got any tips?
Replies: 14
Views: 2154

Tried Kayak diving? Got any tips?

Enquiring minds want to know - 1. Do you usually anchor your kayak and hope you surface near it and that it doesn't disappear while you're under? 2. Or do you tow it along behind you? (kind of cumbersome if you're carrying a camera) 3. If you anchor, what do you use for an anchor and how big? Mushro...
by nwscubamom
Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:42 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Baby Warbonnets and Ed's Fault
Replies: 4
Views: 557

Re: Baby Warbonnets and Ed's Fault

Looks like a great dive site!
by nwscubamom
Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:22 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: record-setting octopus
Replies: 4
Views: 894

Re: record-setting octopus

So, I thought that the mommy octopus doesn't even eat during that period - think that's true of this species? How do you not eat for 53 months? :eek:
by nwscubamom
Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:39 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Identify Patterns in Gravel ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2050

Re: Identify Patterns in Gravel ?

Jeff Pack wrote:Sea Snipes...
YellowEye wrote:Godzilla
GearHead wrote:Must be space aliens, it can only be seen from above. ;)

Also a reminder to everyone else that the Critter Forum is a No Hijack Zone....
Thanks,
- Janna
by nwscubamom
Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:37 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Identify Patterns in Gravel ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2050

Re: Identify Patterns in Gravel ?

Jerry, That is really cool!! I have seen video of fish elsewhere creating a funky nesting pattern in the sand like that. But those are pufferfish, not exactly a fish we have around here! m Have you sent these pics on to anyone else? I'd love to send out to some folks I know to see what they think. A...
by nwscubamom
Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:50 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Sink Your Teeth Into THIS! (free, online webinar)
Replies: 1
Views: 844

Sink Your Teeth Into THIS! (free, online webinar)

fishteeth.jpg SPECIAL online Fishinar July 24th, 8pm Eastern (it's free!): Fish mouths are much more than a set of teeth and a pair of jaws used for eating. Lacking paws, claws or opposable thumbs, fish must use their mouths for a variety of tasks, including seizing food, luring prey, excavating bu...
by nwscubamom
Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:45 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Tunicate, Sponge, Or...?
Replies: 1
Views: 656

Re: Tunicate, Sponge, Or...?

I'd guess sponge....hmmmmm.....
by nwscubamom
Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Sea star die-off
Replies: 274
Views: 53447

Re: Sea star die-off

Hood Canal, more specifically Point Whitney, West Pulali Point, and the Pinnacle, all look just fine as of Saturday May 31st. Saw: Big and small Sunflower Stars Lots of large Spiny Pink stars Vermilion Stars Long Ray Stars Leather Stars Blood Stars And I had heard the same thing as Nwbrewer - that s...